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An Examination of Public Hospital Productivity and its Persistence: An Index Number Approach

Choon C. Cheng, Anthony Scott, Vijaya Sundararajan, Wenda Yan and Jongsay Yong

Australian Economic Review, 2020, vol. 53, issue 3, 343-359

Abstract: This paper measures the level and growth of total factor productivity (TFP) of public hospitals in Victoria, Australia, using an index number approach. We further examine the persistence of productivity over time, and the extent to which productivity varies with hospital characteristics such as hospital size. Hospital administrative data from Victoria from 2007–08 to 2011–12 are used. We find substantial variation in TFP across hospitals: large hospitals perform significantly better than small hospitals, both in TFP level and growth. Productivity level is highly persistent over time, but not productivity growth.

Date: 2020
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